Rylee Leger receives MVP award for contribution to Algonquin College volleyball

Alexandria’s Rylee Leger has been recognized with an athletics award from Algonquin College in Ottawa, named most valuable player of the women’s volleyball team

Graduating this spring from the Bachelor for Early Learning and Community Development Program, Leger was captain of the Thunder volleyball team for the 2019-20 season. She led the East Division in scoring and was second overall in the league.

The 6 ft. 2 in. athlete who plays the right side of the court is a graduate of Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School where she excelled in numerous sports, including soccer. In her graduating year (2016), Leger captured school athletics awards for volleyball and basketball. She was also recognized as the Senior Female Athlete of the Year.

She was also honoured that summer by the Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame as one of 15 athletes invited to be celebrated at the annual induction dinner and ceremony.

On her time at Algonquin College, Leger says the MVP award was “a really great way to finish my college volleyball career.”

“It’s pretty amazing and quite an honour to have won Most Valuable Player, [be] East Scoring champ, [be named a] 1st team all-star, and to finish second overall in points for all of the OCAA in my last year”

Rylee Leger on her final season of collegiate volleyball

Her now-former head coach, Everton Senior, noted, “Not many in the OCAA can match the dominance of Rylee. We will have a major hole to fill with her departure.”

Rylee Leger

The Glengarrian adds, “I’m gonna miss it a lot that’s for sure, but it’s time for a new chapter.”

The Thunder had a 15-3 record over the course of the 2019-20 campaign, finishing second in the OCAA East Division. In the playoff opener, the Thunder prevailed over the Redeemer Royals, from Hamilton, 3 sets to 1 (25-11, 25-23, 21-25, 28-26) to earn a berth at the championship tournament, in North Bay.

There, the Algonquin ladies were felled in their opener, losing in straight sets (25-15, 25-12, 25-11) to St. Clair College, ending the season for the Thunder. St. Clair ended up taking bronze at the tournament, while Fanshawe claimed gold over Humber in the title match.

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